Above: Pilgrims enter through the newly opened Holy Door at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Island, Manorville.

 

As part of the the world-wide celebration of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, Bishop William Murphy has established four “Holy Doors” as places of pilgrimage in the Diocese of Rockville Centre.  The first two doors were opened on December 12 at St. Agnes Cathedral, Rockville Centre, and December 13 at the Basilica of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, Southampton.  

 

This Saturday the remaining two Holy Doors were opened at Our Lady of the Island Shrine in Manorville and the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Huntington. See below for slideshows of photos taken on Saturday by Gregory A. Shemitz.

 

Each pilgrimage site will have a specific day each week during the Jubilee Year when priests and others will be available to receive pilgrims who come to enter through the Holy Door to confess their sins, pray before the Blessed Sacrament, join in devotions and receive the Lord’s blessing in Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.  More information on each site is included below the slideshows.

Bishop Andrzej Zglejszewski celebrated Mass and opened the Holy Door of Mercy at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Island, Manorville, on Saturday morning, December 19.

 

 

Bishop Robert Brennan celebrated Mass and opened the Holy Door of Mercy at the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Huntington on Saturday afternoon, December 19.

 

 

Weekly Schedule at Jubilee Churches for the Year of Mercy

 

Tuesdays

Cathedral of St. Agnes – 1 Quealy Place, Rockville Centre, NY 11570

-          Mass (12:10 p.m.)

-          Exposition and Adoration

-          Confessions

-          Chaplet of Mercy

-          Benediction (4:00 p.m.)

Wednesdays

Seminary of the Immaculate Conception – 440 West Neck Road, Huntington, NY 11743

-          Optional lunch (12 Noon)

-          Tours of the Seminary (1:00 p.m.)

-          Rosary (1:45 p.m.)

-          Exposition and Adoration (2:00 p.m.)

-          Confessions (2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.)

-          Vespers and Benediction (4:00 p.m.)

 

Thursdays

Basilica of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary – 168 Hill Street, Southampton, NY 11968 

 

-          Beginning with Mass at Noon

-          Confessions

-          Exposition and Adoration

-          Tours of the Basilica (as arranged)

-          Devotions to Divine Mercy in Spanish (3:00 p.m.)

-          Benediction (4:00 p.m.)

Saturdays

Shrine of Our Lady of the Island, 258 Eastport Manner Road, Manorville, NY 11949 

-          Beginning with Mass at 11:30 a.m.

-          Exposition and Adoration

-          Confessions

-          Chaplet of Mercy

-          Benediction (4:00 p.m.)

 

As with other jubilee years, the Holy Father has instructed that special indulgences be available for the faithful through the duration of the Year of Mercy.  Here is how to receive one.

 

For able-bodied Catholics:

  • Make a pilgrimage.  Make a journey to one of the four Holy Doors in the diocese or one of the four Holy Doors in the four papal basilicas in Rome.  Crossing through the Holy Door is a spiritual journey that signals, as the Holy Father said, “the deep desire for true confession.”
  • Go to Confession.
  • Receive the Holy Eucharist “with a reflection of mercy.”
  • Make a profession of faith.
  • Pray for the pope and for his intentions.

 

For the elderly, confined and the ill:

  • Pope Francis said they may obtain the indulgence by “living with faith and joyful hope during this moment of trial.”
  • Receiving the Eucharist,
  • Or by attending Mass and community prayer, “even through the various means of communication.”

 

What is an Indulgence?

According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church (No. 1471): “An indulgence is a remission before God of the temporal punishment due to sins whose guilt has already been forgiven, which the faithful Christian who is duly disposed gains under certain prescribed conditions through the action of the Church which, as the minster of redemption, dispenses and applies with authority the treasury of the satisfactions of Christ and the saints.  An indulgence is partial or plenary accordingly as it removes either part or all of the temporal punishment due to sin>’ Indulgences may be applied to the living or the dead.

 

For more information about the Jubilee Year of Mercy visit www.im.va and drvc.org.

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